Yesterday I was featured on My Square Foot Garden! This is super exciting for me, because I don’t think I’ve ever been featured anywhere before. Certainly not for my garden, anyway.

Just a couple days ago my husband and I ordered our seeds from the Seed Savers Exchange. I’m very excited to use lots of heirloom and organic varieties, most of which would not have been available to me had we gone with Burpee for our seeds like we did last year. The variety of tomatoes and peppers they offer is just astounding; it made it really hard to choose.

After much debate, we decided to go with the following list:

Climbing French Pole Beans
Lazy Housewife Pole Beans (How could I resist such a name?)
Scarlet Nantes Carrots
Japanese Climbing Cucumbers (I might try my hand at pickling!)
Tennis Ball Head Lettuce
Amish Snap Peas
Green Arrow Peas
Bulgarian Carrot Peppers (They didn’t have jalapeno, these look close.)
Sweet Chocolate Bell Peppers
Black Beauty Zucchini
Yellow Crookneck Squash
Chalk’s Early Jewel Tomato (This variety was developed 30 miles from my home!)
Gold Medal Tomato (I couldn’t resist a yellow tomato with such a lovely description)
Genovese Basil
Purple Dark Opal Basil
Cilantro (I think my husband would leave me if I didn’t grow cilantro.)
Sweet Mace (I’m really hoping this is like regular tarragon.)
Salad mix
Red Marietta Marigolds (I hope this keeps the bunnies off of my carrots!)

We’re really hoping that our second year of gardening pans out a lot better than our first. We learned a lot with that first go around, and I’m seriously looking forward to eating something other than peppers this year. Hopefully our decision to plant squash in 1 square foot each won’t completely backfire on us. I only recently discovered that I like squash, so it would be great to get some homegrown.

We’re also going to buy seedlings of some plants, ones that are difficult to start or that we missed our starting window for. These are:


I’ll be delivering a baby in the beginning of April, so my husband is going to have to tackle a bulk of the work while I’m mega-pregnant and while I recover. I’m not entirely sure yet what needs to be done from mid-March through the end of April, I just know that I probably won’t be able to do it. I also know that rather than just winging it, I decided to go to Emily’s website, find my color, and sign up for her newsletter. So far I’ve received several emails, letting me know which seeds I should be starting inside. I’ll get to know when to transplant them, too! This is such a big help for a beginner like me. Maybe the garden will actually be a success this year.

Gardening 2011
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